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Between Meryl Streep's speech and Sylvester Stallone's missing chair, the 2017 were clearly ripe with scandal — and Jenna Bush Hager's interview mistake was up there with the buzz-generating moments of the night. The NBC News correspondent, who was covering a red carpet for the first time, asked Pharrell Williams about his movie Hidden Fences. Later, Michael Keaton presented the award for best supporting actress in a film — and mentioned Hidden Fences, again!

The issue? There's no movie by that title. Represented that night were Hidden Figures, a powerful movie about a trio of black women working for NASA in the '60s, and Fences, a theater play adaptation starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

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The fact that both movies star mainly actors of color contributed to giving the impression that both Hager Bush and Keaton just couldn't distinguish between two black-led movies. The confusion of these two titles is even more awkward when you consider how much award shows have had to work to improve diversity, both on the red carpet and in the movies represented.

In her defense, Bush Hager gave a heartfelt apology for the mistake, which was later acknowledged and applauded by the Hidden Figures cast — but here's a tip: If you're going to cover a major awards show, know the names of the contenders!

Obviously, the internet wasn't having any of it. And while the debate about whether it was an honest mistake or a true lack of attention given to these movies will never really reach a conclusion, there's also plenty of lighthearted fun being poked at the reporter. From Twitter's game that consists in mashing up two black movie titles into one, to Stephen Colbert's sarcastic takedown, Hidden Fences is shaping up to be the most famous inexistent movie ever.

Watch Colbert's Trailer For 'Hidden Fences'

Of course, it didn't take long for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to respond in the best way possible: with a made-up trailer for Hidden Fences, "that black movie" everyone seems to be talking about.

The YouTube comments alone are worth the detour:

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Twitter also had a few movie recommendations for those confused with black film culture:

Thankfully, Hidden Figures is shaping up to be a major box office success, so we know that the confusion will be cleared for those who thought that movie involved a fence flying into space.


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